Land shortage may provide an unforeseen roadblock to U.S. housing market's full comeback.» Read More
Stocks closed sharply higher on hopes that a government plan to stem home foreclosures would help ease the housing slump's drag on the economy and underpin profit growth.
Toll Brothers Thursday reported a smaller-than-expected quarterly loss, as a charge for the reduced value of its land came in at the lower end of the company's forecast.
Yes, it's possible. Cramer explains when too much profit spells trouble.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.
Forgive me if I'm all thumbs and short thoughts today as I'm blogging by B'berry from the big housing conference in Washington, DC. So far I've heard Countrywide's Angelo Mozilo argue with Robert Toll over what's to blame for the housing problem, poor liquidity or bad lending standards (you can guess who was on which side).
Shares of homebuilder stocks were trading higher on Tuesday after Pulte Homes reaffirmed its fourth-quarter outlook late Monday.
A late-day selloff pushed the major stock averages down 10% from their highs, meaning the market is now officially in a correction.
An interesting tidbit in the quarterly guidance from Toll Brothers this week: Amid all the talk of rising cancellation rates and falling orders, “The average price per unit of gross contracts signed in the fourth quarter was $646,000, compared to $667,000 in 2007’s third quarter...however, the average price of the 417 fourth-quarter cancellations in FY 2007 was a much higher $788,000 per unit.”
Stocks fell for a second straight day, led by declines in the Nasdaq after tech bellwether Cisco Systems signaled the credit crisis was hurting demand from key customers, including banks.
There was more bad news for the housing sector Tuesday. Both sales and prices of existing homes continued to fall, while inventories rose.
The cracks that are the basis for this rate cut started with poor lending practices in the housing market. Did Bernanke signal that he won’t standby and let the housing slump drag us into a recession? As a result, should housing stocks be back in the ‘buy’ column?
A month ago the Fed had no idea, Cramer said. But Tuesday's surprise rate cut has redeemed the central bank.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.
Isn't Caterpillar also a play on CEEMEA? Why is EMC a better stock than VMware? Cramer answers viewers' questions.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.
The slump in housing stocks to new four-year lows is hurting some well-known investors who recently added home builders and housing-related stocks such as KB Home and Pulte Homes to their positions.
We reported some pretty nasty numbers from the Mortgage Bankers Association yesterday: A 51% rise in new foreclosures nationwide to the highest rate in the history of the MBA survey. And it’s a big bad number like that that is going to add more fuel to the fire in Washington among all those folks who have been bandying about the idea of some kind of government...
I couldn’t have been less welcome if I were a subprime borrower begging a bank for a jumbo loan. There I stood, in the early September heat, smack in front of the visitor's entrance of the Federal Reserve, as the CEOs of the nation’s very top home builders filed out of a meeting with the Fed Chairman. They may not have marched in lock step, but their refusal to talk to me was in dead-bolt lock step.
Stocks closed broadly lower as already jittery investors expressed disappointment that the latest Fed minutes showed policymakers were reluctant to cut interest rates. "The comments from the Fed not indicating that a rate cut was imminent and further deterioration in the financial sector -- all of this combined and we're down substantially here," said Brian Schaeffer, an NYSE floor specialist at Van der Moolen.
Following are the days biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of EMC Corp. (EMC), Toll Brothers (TOL) and US Airways (LCC) popped while Washington Mutual (WM) and Tween Brands (TWB) dropped.
A late rally pushed U.S. stocks sharply higher at the close as takeover news and rate-cut speculation overshadowed jitters about tighter credit markets. "We think that liquidity is returning to the market after being problematic," said Kevin Cronin, head of investments at Putnam. "We think the Fed's actions last week righted the ship."
The U.S. mortgage and credit crisis deepened on Wednesday as Accredited Home Lenders , HSBC Holdings and Lehman Brothers announced job cuts, and concern mounted about the longer-term impact on the economy.
Toll Brothers Wednesday reported sharply lower quarterly profit amid tightening credit standards that the builder said looked likely to shrink the number of potential home buyers.